As per reports, it has been revealed that one man has died in south-west of Edinburgh due to Legionnaires' disease. For last few days, it was said that the disease has spread a lot in the region and till now 13 men and two women have been diagnosed with eth disease.
Health experts were of the view that another 10 men and five men have been suspected for the Legionnaires' disease. Dr Duncan McCormick, who is a consultant in public health medicine at NHS Lothian, was of the view that there can be many reasons for the spread of the disease.
They think that industrial water cooling towers have caused the disease. Duncan said that the disease has not spread from the drinking water. He further affirmed, “I would like to reassure the public that household water supplies are safe and that Legionnaires’ disease cannot be contracted by drinking water”.
The disease is communicable in nature and can be passed through fine droplets. Some of the common symptoms of the disease are headaches, muscle pain, fever, and vomiting. Legionnaires' disease can be caused through different sources like air conditioning systems, and hot water conditioners and equipments.
Duncan said that heavy smokers, elderly and expecting women are at great risk of contracting the disease.
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